Mayor Jacob Frey is proposing a program where people accused of low-level crimes would be matched with a social worker instead of paying bail. Frey’s program would initially cost 75-thousand dollars to get it started next year. The social worker would be asked to ensure that the defendants make their court hearings.
Minneapolis officials are exploring whether less serious 911 calls could be diverted to other government agencies. The move would allow police to focus on urgent calls demanding immediate response. The debate is being put front and center as police receive criticism for the high number of emergency calls that get no immediate response. There is also ongoing debate over police staffing.
A man is charged with attempted murder for lighting his girlfriend on fire in Minneapolis. Richard Bullock was charged yesterday with one count each of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault. The woman was able to drive herself to the hospital Monday after the flames were put out. She hasn’t been identified and is in a medically induced coma.
A man is critically injured after a single vehicle crash in Itasca County. Bryce Firth was driving on U.S. Highway Two yesterday morning when his vehicle left the road and struck a tree near Itasca County Road 71 in Blackberry Township. Firth was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. His passenger was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Both vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
A ground and air search is back underway for a missing teen swimmer in Redwood Falls. Thunder Brothersofall has been missing since Sunday. She reportedly got caught in a current and carried away. Police are urging the public to stay away from the riverbanks in and near Ramsey Park.
A tree-service worker is dead after a fall from a roof in St. Louis County near Ely. Hans Smith was clearing branches on Tuesday when he lost his footing and fell, landing on a propane tank. Smith was found unconscious by first responders and was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause is believed to be accidental, and no foul play is suspected.
A man is accused of attempting to kidnap a woman at a St. Cloud apartment. Edwin Cintron is facing one felony count of kidnapping, two counts of first-degree burglary, and related charges. The complaint against him says he knocked on a woman’s bedroom window in the one-thousand-block of East St. German Street then broke into the apartment. He and another man reportedly forced her into a van, but she escaped as the vehicle backed up. Court documents say the woman had know Cintron for about a week.
A new Minnesota opioid council is getting to work. The Opioid Epidemic Response Advisory Council was formally appointed yesterday and will meet for the first time next week. The 19 voting members will make recommendations on distribution of funding for overdose prevention, addiction recovery, law enforcement, and other services related to the epidemic.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is postponing a community forum on hate crimes for safety reasons. Authorities say no threats were made, but police were concerned about the number of people attending. Several groups of protesters and counter-protesters had planned on appearing at last night’s forum.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s Twitter account is back up and running after it was suspended. As of last Sunday, the social media platform’s profile page indicated account suspended. It is not clear why the account was shutdown. A spokesman for Carter’s administration says it appears Twitter mistook the mayor’s official handle as an impostor account and had to work through a verification process to get it restored.
A boy remains hospitalized after he was struck by a Green Line train in St. Paul. The incident happened yesterday afternoon at the Victoria Street Station. The young victim is suffering noncritical injuries and getting treatment at Regions Hospital. Light rail service was briefly suspended in both directions.
An Inver Grove Heights woman is pleading guilty to trafficking women at a massage parlor she owned. The defendant pled guilty to two counts of second degree prostitution for promoting prostitution at Herb Spa. She allegedly paid for airline tickets so that women could fly in from San Francisco and Chicago and would pick them at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The suspect is being held without bail. Her sentencing date is November 7th in Hastings.